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Drawing Conclusions After Week Six a Mistake for Fans, Media

| October 11th, 2013

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In newsrooms and men’s rooms and conference rooms around Chicagoland conclusions have been reached following the Bears 27-21 victory over the New York Giants. The Bears can’t play defense anymore. Dave Toub’s exodus to Kansas City has left the special teams units in shambles. The offense can’t put together four successive quarters. There are no question marks at the end of the diehard sports fan sentences. These are facts and they are indisputable.

Except they’re not.

There was a time in the NFL when how a team played over the first half of the season had a real bearing on how they finished the year. That time is long gone. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were blown out 43-13 in the seventh week of the 2012 season, leading to panicked screams from the mussel-soaked lips of the Bertha’s patrons. The Super Bowl champion New York Giants lost week ten of the 2011 campaign. Not a big deal, you say? They also lost week eleven, twelve and thirteen. John in Wantagh (long time listener, first time caller) was despondent. The 2010 Green Bay Packers lost back-to-back overtime games to bad Redskins and Dolphins teams week five and six of their Super Bowl year. For a fortnight no cheese was produced.

Now it’s about piecing a season together. It’s about discovering, week-to-week, the elements necessary to win games in December and January. And as the Bears now enter a period of time wherein they’ll only play one game in twenty-four days, this is as good a time as any to take stock, ask questions and start to look for answers. Here are my questions.

  • Why can’t the Bears tackle anymore? I am not big on Pro Football Focus’ evaluative numbers. (They barely gave Tim Jennings a passing grade Thursday night.) But they Tweeted a stat the Bears must consider alarming: “Chicago #Bears D has averaged 79 missed tackles each of the past 5 seasons. They already have 55 this season.” So much of what the Bears have done wrong defensive thus far in 2013 can be blamed on extending drives with missed tackles.
  • What are they going to do at defensive tackle? I thought Corey Wootton played well Thursday night and Stephen Paea is not expected to miss any more time with his toe injury. But those are now the fourth and fifth options at defensive tackle. If the Bears consider themselves title contenders (I don’t think they are) would they attempt to make a deal for a new body? Can Cohen and Minter become legitimate, contributing pros?
  • Pass rush? Anyone? Moving Wootton inside means the Bears must have Julius Peppers and Shea McClellin get to the quarterback. Right now that’s simply not happening. Yes, I like what I’ve seen in limited action from David Bass and think the Bears must get Cornelius Washington reps in the coming games.
  • Will Jordan Mills continue to improve? Mills has been the only subpar performer on the Bears offensive line, struggling in pass protection more than in the run game. The Bears would love to see Mills ascend as the season progresses and not hit the “rookie wall” often emerging sometime after Thanksgiving. If Mills continues to improve and Cutler’s pocket continue to remain relatively empty there is absolutely no limit to the Bears passing game.
  • Can the Bears stay healthy on offense? Yes, the defense is banged up. The offense is not. We all know the Bears can’t afford to lose Cutler, Forte or Marshall for any extended period of time. But what about Martellus? Alshon? Slauson? Health is a huge factor in a successful postseason run and the Bears offense has been unscathed through half a dozen contests.
  • Can Jay Cutler avoid games like Detroit moving forward? Cutler is having a terrific season through six games. But just as we ask questions about the negatives through six we must also ask questions about the positives. Can Jay Cutler, a player who has struggled with consistency through his career, be consistent in this contract year? Can he continue limiting turnovers? Can he continue developing in the system?
  • Where is the blocking/coverage on special teams? For the first time in a decade I think two things when watching Bears special teams: (1) Every coverage unit is susceptible to a long, game-changing return and (2) Devin Hester is going to be hit within 2 yards on a punt and 7 yards on a kickoff. I am one to always put the onus on players before coaches but…I can’t do that here. I know Robbie Gould is going to make field goals. I know Devin Hester is going to get every yard available. But everything else on specials these days has a question mark attached. Will Joe D get this fixed?

These are the questions. These are the storylines to follow as the season progresses. Approaching any of these trends – positive or negative – with any certainty is an error. Sure, we may think we know who the Chicago Bears are as we we enter the middle of October. But we have no idea who they’ll be when the ball drops in Times Square.

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  • IBNO

    First!

  • Sactowns#1

    So is this what a real site looks like? It’s like I’m looking into the present.

  • Shady

    Jeff you need to add your twitter feed to this site so we know when you put up a new article.

    Also, how do I add a picture from the web? When I click the the photo icon in the dialogue box here, it only allows me to take a picture or select one from my phone.

    The site has also crashed my browser 4 times today.

    • MB30SD

      try using a computer… nerd.

      Oh that’s right, you work for Vlad Stalin. Jesus I’d quit right now. Say hi to you-know-who for me.

    • DaBearsBlog

      This site shouldn’t crash anything. There’s very little to it. Twitter feed and Audio are coming to the right rail in the coming days.

      • MB30SD

        he’s on his iphone only Jeff. you should ask them about safari support for shitty phone OSs.

        • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

          Should work fine in both mobile Safari and mobile Chrome …

    • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

      Yeah, what’s crashing?

      • MB30SD

        Is this your first time posting Noah? Thanks for all the work maings. Well done.

        • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

          First time in quite awhile. Thanks, glad you guys are digging it. Just added Twitter to the sidebar and made the logo not insanely big.

          • MB30SD

            Nice. You should come to the Dec Packers game Noah. A lot of us will be there.

          • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

            Definitely going to try.

          • MB30SD

            Cool.

            btw, if you like boobies (shhhhhhh… *whispering*), look dooooown.

      • Shady

        Safari was crashing after I tapped the dialog box to enter a reply on my iphone. Happened a few times earlier today, but no problems since. Great work on the new site though, much appreciated.

        • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

          Cool. Let me know.

  • MB30SD

    Ok my bitches. Yonny… you read for this?

    I would wear her like a fucking feedbag for days on end if I had the opty.

    http://cdn.theblemish.com/images/2013/06/kate-upton-topless-03.jpg

    • MB30SD

      Damn it.,. that pic is an animated gif… but it won’t play inline.

      Guess you can’t have everything. Here’s a link to Kate Upton’s beautiful (NATURAL) boobs: http://cdn.theblemish.com/images/2013/06/topless-upton.gif

      • MB30SD

        AHHHHH!!! there it is!!! in all it’s boobie-filled glory!

        So if you post a link to a gif, the site auto-embeds the actual gif and plays it. FYI.

        • CanadaBear

          She’s looking a little thick in the torso! Like that would stop me!!!!!!!!! Needless to say I like skinny women.

      • Shady

        Hey look, it’s a cow riding a horse! Still not as awesome as a monkey riding a dog (insert gif I still don’t know how to post here).

        • MB30SD

          I just down voted both of you.

          Thick in the middle canada!?!?!??!?! Thick in the middle?!?!? She’s thick in the boob, making me thick in the pants!

          Oh, and shady… the first 10 seconds of this vid is exactly how I picture you at dinner time at your house every night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC_8ezHJNGM&feature=player_embedded#t=21

          • Shady

            Hahaha. Not sure how it looks on the computer, but after 3-4 replies the posts come in with about 2 words per row.

          • MB30SD

            it looks glorious! Tell your oppressors that you want water AND bread, not just one or the other.

          • CanadaBear

            Just fucking with ya MB.

      • Jokey

        A nsfw flag feature would be really great right about now. If this site becomes nsfw, page views will drop..

        • MB30SD

          sigh… I was waiting for that.

          I didn’t know the gif would actually auto-load onto the page from posting a link jokey. I know now.

          Not saying I won’t do it again, just telling y’alls how it went down.

  • DaMurph

    Nice digs here

  • CanadaBear

    Jeff you’re right when you say we can’t project the future for the balance of the season. However, unless Pep finds the old magic, the pass rush will remain non-existent. Chicken Dinner has shown less than zero. If he’s moved to LB/hybrid maybe they can salvage the pick. If not, PE has to swallow his pride and move on from this horrible pick. I do think the safeties will play better. I have almost no hope for the return teams on both sides of the ball. Joe D. has to go at the end of the year. He’s way past his expiration date.

  • Foxtrot Tango Packers

    Bears special teams and pass rush needs to be cleaned up

  • Pulyx

    The Tackling really really annoys me. Every time there’s a run play called, we get contact that years past would stop the play right there, but this year any RB leans forward and gets 3,4 yards after contact just by leaning forward. Can’t imagine what Eddie Lacy will do to us when time comes. We have 3 elite OLs in the NFC north this year. Even the packers OL is playing amazing football. So this lack of tackling and sudden loss of instinct on defense makes me think that despite all the progress we made on offense, this team could very well go 8-8, 9-7 and miss the playoffs. Because when we meet with greenbay and the lions we might get our asses handed to us.

  • Waffle

    DJ Williams feared to have Pectoral tear. Possibly out for the season. That would be special.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    What, waiting for admin approval!? Just fucking. Mmmgood.

  • Willie

    Sorry, just want to test this.

    http://cheekymonkeyart.com/artwork/wcg/HatersGonnaHate-500pxWide.gif

    I love you guys…

    • MB30SD

      the diabeetus.

    • CanadaBear

      Much better animated.

  • Willie

    Damn.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I think Cutler is having a better year than Brady, and I think the Bears have scored a lot more points than the Patriots. However, if you were to tell me the Raiders would rank higher defensively than us, I’d have laughed in your face. Crazy season.

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      haha. my fiance (whom i’ve turned into a bears fan) loves this picture of jay. she posted it on her fb last night before the game. good girl i’ve got.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Yeah, I got it as my twitter avatar. Makes me smile every time.

    • DYLbear23

      Brady is getting found out with no WRs and a subpar OL. I love it.

      Are you ranking the D’s by yards? Cmon Butch…

  • Jeremy Toren

    I completely disagree with the notion that “Hester will get every yard available.” Even in his heyday Hester was not a Julian Edelman-type, who would consistently churn out 10-15 yard returns by squirting through tiny holes and breaking a tackle here or there. He’s looking to take one to the house every time, and the downside to that approach is the occasional horizontal return that goes for three yards (or negative three).

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I for one would settle for just on return for a TD by Hester this season…

      Oh and Nice Site Jeff…very nice.

  • Jokey

    Whoo Hoo new site baby!!! Thanks Jeff it looks good so far! Already loads better than the other shite site.

  • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

    It’s Bostic time?

    Looks like DJ Williams may be down for the count.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/11/bears-fear-d-j-williams-has-season-ending-injury/

    • Waffle

      it makes me sick to my stomach to know that we just lost the starting middle linebacker of our team and people think it’s nothing.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, not at all good. Bostic better be everything that Irish hopes he is.

      • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

        i don’t think it’s nothing. i simply called out the guy who needs to step up in his absence.

        • Waffle

          I know mang, I wasn’t referring to you. I was just being all general and shit.

      • CanadaBear

        At least we have some hope Bostic will be a capable replacement. Don’t get me wrong, we’re going to miss DJ. After reading Trestman’s comments I have no hope DJ avoids IR.

      • Awful

        That is huge waffle. Total bummer. Maybe Bostic rises to the challenge. That’s how Lach got his start when Barry Minter got hurt I think.

        • Waffle

          it’s downright awful.

          • Awful

            lol. you’re a good sport.

      • SC Dave

        The defense has really been hammered on the injury front. Only 6 games done, and there are four guys out for the year, including two starters.

        Damn.

        We will need to be scoring a lot this year. For a change, we have the offense to do it.

        Not sure I wrote how much I liked Cutler’s play last night, particularly that little flare to pick up the 3rd and two late in the game. Good shit.

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          dude. that lob flare was gorgeous. untouched defender running right at his face, forte not even away from traffic and into his route yet. perfect touch. he just tapped the X button and watched it float.

        • CanadaBear

          Dave you’re going to have to break down and get an avatar.

          • SC Dave

            Gotta find the right Butkus pic. Or the right me pic.

    • Scharfinator

      Guess stopping PED’s may have weakened him up after all.

  • MB30SD

    I don’t get this… I would be there holding his hand the entire time, and I wouldn’t give a massive fuck about anything to do with anything but my little boy

    http://nfl.cpl.delvenetworks.com/player/carousel/si.html?channelId=de89a8aeb3e422bac4eb48567f10ebd0&channelListId&mediaId=08211b6ca1b44e47bc259874842a394a

    • CanadaBear

      Absolutely! We all are passionate about the NFL but it’s strictly entertainment. Family is the most important thing in our lives (at least it should be if you are lucky enough to have a good family).

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I’ll repost my reply left on the pother thread…..
      “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK….” etc., etc., etc.
      Addendum:
      “Yeah, my son is going to die, but hey – we have Carolina on Sunday!”
      I have officially lost every ounce of respect I ever had for AP. Every. Single. Drop.
      Fuck you, AP. Fuck you.

      • CanadaBear

        Either way it’s his decision. If playing helps him cope with this tragic situation, then he should play. I respect the man either way. He’s always been a standup guy.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Okay, so it’s me? My belief system?
          I almost always agree with you, Canada, but not this one, not this time. It’s completely impossible for me to rectify his actions with what happened. Just can’t do it. His son is laying there, dying from a beating, and he’s back at practice. No, no, and no. Write me off as a judgmental asshole, I’ll fade that heat. This is wrong on every level.

          • Trac

            I can’t imagine even being able to get back in the saddle if something happened to my boy. I’d have a hard time even leaving the house. But I’m extremely close to my son and I have no idea what kind of relationship Peterson had with his. Could be he was totally estranged and was only involved as a donor. That is not the same thing as being a father. Not trying to be cruel, just that we have no idea.

          • MB30SD

            that’s the only plausible explanation in my mind trac

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            I know, man. I know. It just defies all reason, for me.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think anything of the sort about you. Don’t get me wrong, I have no idea how he came to that decision. I was a couple of years younger than AP when my brother was killed and I could barely function. I’m sure AP is in shock.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            I’m sorry about your brother, Canada.

            I lost a grandson 2 years ago. To this day, it haunts my family, especially my daughter and son-in-law. My grandson was younger than AP’s son when we lost him. Everyone has moved on with their lives, but still, even thinking about it now, a jarring sense of loss just envelopes me.
            I suppose I shouldn’t have teed off like I did earlier. Too much rage. I don’t know AP, and I never will. I cannot escape feeling appalled, though, that he would return for a football game, before his son was even buried. I don’t, and cannot understand such a response, regardless of how estranged he may have been from them; that was his son.
            I’m going to shuttup now, and not drink.
            Later man.

          • CanadaBear

            Thanks. It was a very long time ago. Really sorry to hear about your grandson. I totally understand your point of view.

    • SC Dave

      You don’t have to get it, and won’t, until you face the same situation.

      Years back, I remember all the condemnation of Newt about his wife/sister/whatever is was dying from cancer and him not being there. And I felt some of that.

      Then I went through it. And it occurred to me some shit is hard, and not something everyone can take in the way in which the uninitiated would approve.. As for me, I did the best I could

      Thankfully,I didn’t have to read a bunch of bloggers decide my character based on my response.

      • CanadaBear

        Exactly Dave. I had been sober for a couple of years when my brother passed and I fell off the wagon, rolled into the ditch and stayed there for a while. I’m not sure my dad ever got over it.

      • MB30SD

        I believe I said *I would be* in all instances.

        Sorry you went through something similar dave, but I wasn’t tweeting my thoughts about his character to him on his twitter account. I can voice my thoughts here right? I can also post boobies… for now.

        • SC Dave

          Point taken, MB.

  • Waffle

    I am lodging an official fantasy complaint about this weeks game. I put Rueben Randle into my starting lineup yesterday and the day before and couldn’t understand why every time I logged back in Brian Hartline was staring me in the face. I forgot to hit SUBMIT after I made the changes. That ‘s some 1998 Netscape Navigator type bullshit. Just sayin.

    • DYLbear23

      Could be worse – have you seen MBHAPs QB situation?

      • Waffle

        I may contact him with an offer he can’t refuse.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I thought you liked Hartline so much that you would start him even on his bye.

      • Waffle

        I had fucking Randle ready to go and I’d knew he’d do something. Now I have to rely on Russell “The second coming of jesus according to Jaws” Wilson to try to get a pass out to Doug Baldwin on the edge. Jesus.

  • Awful

    I can’t find one cotton pickin picture of Tractor Traylor running back that pick anywhere. If anyone comes across it, please let me know.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
    • DaMurph

      And how did you like the test drive?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Smooth. Takes corners well.Purrs like a kitten.

  • Viva

    Dear Mr. Trestman,
    Please kick a field goal, when the score is tied. Robbie Gould is a sure thing fom the 2 yard line.
    Dear Cutty,
    Please never ever ever again get an intentional grounding penalty that takes us out of field goal range and removes a possible two possession cushion late in the 4th quarter.
    Mr. Alshon,
    Please catch the fucking ball @ the opponents 14, which would allow us to make it a two possession game late in the 4th quarter.
    Signed,
    My vegas fund is hurting and I had you -7.5 last night

    • Waffle

      forte is 2 feet from that ball. how is it intentional grounding?

      • Viva

        I know. It was a bullshit call. The late flag really pissed me off.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yes. ALWAYS take that 3. ESPECIALLY on 4th and TWO.

      I thought the grounding call was BS. Eli got away with a worse one earlier.

      Ref, Parry, and his Umpire were missing holding calls against that crappy Giants offensive line all night long.

      • SC Dave

        So what? We won

  • Viva

    Kate Upton is hot.

    • MB30SD

      great boobies, huh?

      • DaMurph

        Can you believe we can actually respond to each other? WOW!

      • Viva

        10

      • tobijohn

        Absolutely mesmerizing…

        • Cormonster

          …as were your prom dates.

          • CanadaBear

            Hey Cor not sure if you saw my reply on the old thread. Did Ride Idaho in August and had a good time. I bought a used accordion and I’m taking lessons. So far, so good. It helps that I play piano. How’s the music scene in LaCrosse? I’m guessing this is your down period, work wise. Hopefully there won’t be any snow removal for a little while longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Cormonster

            We haven’t even had a frost yet, so work will stay busy for a while. You playing any Buckwheat Zydeco yet? That band is fantastic liive. HOPPPPIN! Glad you had a good ride. Local music scene is always great. Haven’t seen the normal amount of national acts this year.

          • Cormonster

            I did reply to your previous post on the old site. Normally not my style but fell in love with this band this year, and they put on a great show this summer in Madison at a local festival.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m abut a lifetime away from playing as well as Buckwheat. Great band. C.J. Chenier is really good. When he plays in Calgray we get together. He’s a super nice guy. His dad was the King of Zydeco. Winter is just around the corner here. It’s been snowing in the mountains. Fuckity, Fuck, Fuck. Decided to retire next summer. I’ll be 62. After I retire I’m planning on travelling. With a little luck I’ll get to your neck of the woods. I’m sure my Beloved Bride would like the Elroy-Sparta Trail. Man I’m loving this new site. Jeff didn’t have to ask me twice to switch over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Cormonster

            .

            Links

          • Cormonster

            I geeked out on the band Lake Street Dive this year. Haven’t enjoyed a new band (to me) this much since Tedeschi Trucks about 3 years ago. They were fantastic live. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eeet4eB8eM

          • CanadaBear

            Really liked both clips. It’s great to see a band where people can actually sing! Where are they from?

          • Cormonster

            They went to music school together in Boston. Bass player from Iowa, drummer from NYC, singer from Nashville, and trumpet / guitar player is from Minneapolis. The band is named after the great dive bars on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Now they reside in NYC.

          • Cormonster

            Rachel Price the singer kicks ass on this song. My favorite of their you tube videos.

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm9Rko4ZIyo

          • AlbertInTucson

            You and I are of the same vintage, Canada.

            I figure I’ll retire right before the first shovel full of dirt hits me in the face.

          • CanadaBear

            Really hope you pull the plug before that. If it wasn’t for health care in Canada I would be working for a few more years. I work 12.5 hour shifts, days, nights, weekends, holidays, etc. Going back and forth between days and nights is aging me in dog years. Just can’t do it any longer.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Appreciate your concern, Canada, but it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds.
            I do not dread going to my job and rather than aging me, I think it keeps me feeling younger as I now work with a LOT of folks who, (Yikes!), were not even BORN when I started there.

            Yep. I am a dinosaur.

            I enjoy WHAT I do, WHERE I do it, the people I work WITH and the people I work FOR.

            I am and have been very fortunate.

  • MB30SD
  • Marcos Jaime

    Do we bring back Lach?

    • CanadaBear

      Nah. He’s not in football shape and by the time he was the season would be over. It’s time to look at the future, not the past.

      • AlbertInTucson

        +1

  • Marcos Jaime

    I have absolute have no faith in the D for the remainder of the year. Peppers is non existent, Shea and Conte blow, Melton gone, DJ gone, and Tillman banged up. I also feel like no one has complete command over the D. We lost our Leader our General, and it shows out there. Briggs is great but Lach was our leader. Hope our O can win shootouts.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      With the D playing the way it is, and the Offense still trying to find it’s way, I think 9-7 is realistic. We’d have to put up 40+ a game against a lot of the teams rolling up on the sched, and that ain’t happenin’.
      Last night we won by 6, and 7 came from Jennings. I’m not going to expect miracles.

  • Marcos Jaime

    Plain and simple we need a fuckin pass rush. Without it we are fucked.

  • Marcos Jaime

    FYI this is FresnoBear. Wont let me change my name. so fuck it.

    • DaMurph

      You can change Fres, I did.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Reporting as ordered, Sir.

    • CanadaBear

      Butkus has always been my favorite Chicago Bear. I knew you had his pic as your avatar. Same with Walter. Irish always had Walter as his avatar. Thought I’d represent the old guard by using Gale.

      • DaMurph

        You would be more Mike Adamle Canada.

        • CanadaBear

          Damn Murph, that’s harsh. Funny but harsh!

      • AlbertInTucson

        That’s a still I grabbed from a Butkus video.

        He and I share a heritage, Canada.

        Butkus, like my late father, is Lithuanian.

        I thank the Blogfather for setting things up so that our existing avatars would transfer over.

    • DaMurph

      I was out riding old Route 66 last week, came across several Burma Shaves, all I could think about was you Al.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’m flattered, Murph.

        Glad to hear some of them are still around. Especially since there isn’t even a even BURMA anymore!

        Sigh. MYANMAR-SHAVE just does NOT have a ring to it.

        Where I saw those signs as a kid was going down old US 41 on the way from Chicago to the Terre Haute, Indiana area. Those, along with old empty barns painted black with SEE ROCK CITY AND RUBY FALLS or CHEW MAIL POUCH TOBACCO on the roofs.

        Rockville Indiana was a dead ringer for Mayberry from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.

        • SC Dave

          Myanmar-Shave… wow :)

  • MB30SD

    Oh my god

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/adrian-peterson-son-alleged-assault/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    Man, this just hurts. I’m kinda crushed. can’t believe this happens. fuck man

    • CanadaBear

      It’s so senseless. I truly hope this coward gets what he deserves. How do you do this to a 2-year old?

  • Viva

    Is GP in Malawia?

  • Trac

    Happy now MB? Now if I can just find the right picture of Keith Traylor.

    • MB30SD

      yes

  • Trac

    Ahhh. I feel better now. Thanks Murph. I gave up looking after a few hours. All I could find were videos and pics when he was a Dolphin.

    • MB30SD

      here you go trac

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    I get giddy about the site automatically scaling to the device. Reading it on my phone or tablet on CN was atrocious at best.
    In regards to the Williams injury, yeah, I think Bostic will play well but we’re getting so thin on D it’s ridiculous. I hate having woot woot playing inside…hate it. Certainly doesn’t help the interior, and hurts outside pressure bc now CD has his hand in the dirt.

    In regards to the AP situation, all I know is the guy who beat that little kid will, in spite of the ample number of broom handles he’s going to get rough introductions to in the short time he has remaining on this earth, will not suffer enough. Hope he rots. Hell is too good for him.

    • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

      Awesome. Glad you dig it. That seemed like something everyone was looking for. Still a few kinks in there, so let us know if you find anything that looks funny.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    And Noah, can disques handle a custom filter like the nsfw thing that wwwgd mentioned? I loves the boobages, but not on the work network.

    • DaBearsBlog

      We’re working on the NSFW thing.

  • tobijohn

    Am I missing something or is there no way to see the most recent replies (not the most recent posts) without scanning the entire thread?

    • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

      Yeah, that’s a little weird. Looks like it only counts the time on the original, not the reply. If you want something at the top I guess it has to not be a reply.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Kudos to Jeff for the “mussel-soaked lips” phrase…do you write for a living or something?

  • Doc Nitty

    This site rocks.

    I feel so so bad for Adrian Peterson. Cannot imagine the pain and guilt he must feel. Not that he should feel guilty, on the contrary, but if it were me, I’d feel hella guilty. Like I should have been there to protect my boy. So sorry AP.

    • Trac

      One never knows when their time is up Doc. I bet you are a great Dad.

  • Trac

    Thank you MB. Hmmm. Not sure which one is better.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Regarding the AP situation, there ARE monsters ,boys and girls, and they walk among us.

    If there were any real justice in the world, AP would be allowed to use THIS particular monster as a tackling dummy for an hour or two though I suspect the guy wouldn’t last more than 10 minutes or so.

    Glad the Bears will not face Mr. Peterson THIS Sunday.

  • Artoo
    • Trac

      You go Artoo. I guess some help in their own way. By the way, “Prayer” is only prayer when it causes you to move into action. The rest is just lip service.

  • johnnywad

    Morning gents. Just trying the new site out for the first time. Nice.
    My welcome wagon was Kate Upton naked on a horse. Thank you MB. Happy Saturday to me. Ahhhhh to be that horse.

    • MB30SD

      You sir, are most welcome.

      I can’t stop watching it. That lever so slightt jiggle when she takes the bikini off. Mesmerizing.

      • tobijohn

        Maybe now you’ll understand why I prefer the real ones..

        • MB30SD

          Sent you an email tobi. So, you know, enjoy that.

          • tobijohn

            LOL, thanks for broadening my horizons…

          • MB30SD

            you sir. are welcome.

            Hope you liked the pic… god knows I enjoyed it all.

          • tobijohn

            Thinking of using it as wallpaper on my desktop…

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha…. enjoy. I should send you the view from the back.

  • Scharfinator

    Ohh this site is ritzy!!!

    I’m mostly with you, Jeff, on not panicking about most of the team. The special teams, with so many revolving players each year, needs a really good coach… maybe more than the other phases in respect to being able to teach young men quickly.

    • Trac

      Nobody has really brought this up but one of the sacrifices for drafting for team needs is that the best athlete/player available goes to another team. Lovie with all his faults recognized that best player available in the draft can help your team in other ways and one of them was special teams.

      • MB30SD

        Oh please don’t get me started on drafting BPA vs. Need this early!

        You guys know how I feel about it. Drafting BPA when you have dire needs in other spots is an inane tactic. BPA is a luxury for teams who don’t have gaping holes… or for teams like the pats who always somehow end up with like 5 pics in Rd1 one and 4 in Rds 2 and 3. Fucking jedi mindtricks being used over there.

        Angelo was a moron, Lovie was a buffoon, and every position coach except mari were puppets.The last regime’s drafting ‘strategy’ is what got us where were are today on specials and D. Emery was able to almost entirely fix the o in one offseason… I hope to god (there you go trac) that he can do the same thing for D this coming offseason.

        Think about emery’s draft this year. Every single player taken was the best guy left AT OUR MOST DIRE POSITION OF NEED. He just went down the list of EXACTLY which hole we needed patched, and took the best player still on the board at that position Brilliant draft, and exactly the strategy we need to employ UNTIL we don’t have any more gaping holes on the team and we can afford to take the best athlete available at our pick.

        SMH at you trac

        • Trac

          That’s not what I said MB. There is a healthy balance. Lovie did not have a healthy balance, I agree. I’m just pointing out that every draft, we can’t go all team need.

          • MB30SD

            disagree… we HAVE to go for all need at least in the next draft, maybe for two.

            Here are DIRE positions of need for next year in my mind (in order of need):
            DT
            FS
            CB
            DE
            SS
            CB
            DT
            OL
            Specials

            Drafting and FA can take care of most of that next offseason. If Emery does as good as job next year as he did this, we may knock it all out and THEN go for BPA a bit in the next year.

          • Trac

            You think a rook DT around say the 26th pick will solve our problems? Melton will be back next year at a reasonable price. We should be drafting a corner first I think. The prospect of losing Jennings and Tillman (2014 UFA’S) at any point without a replacement is escarey. No way their contracts will be done prior to the draft. Check out our players due to be UFA’s on the link below. It’s escary.

            http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=By+Team&y=2014

          • MB30SD

            Yes, we need a franchise monster at DT… sadly I don’t think we’ll be picking at 26 trac.

            In my mind, we also need a franchise FS in the dbackfield being the general. If it was up to me, I would focus everything we have on building an A+ dbackfield next year. Two new safeties and two new corners. We need to use Seattle as the model and build to that kind of make up.

          • Trac

            I definitely agree with your last two sentences.

          • johnnywad

            I think they’re both gone next year. I’m gonna miss Peanut. He’s my favorite Bear. He’s just too beat up. Love TJ’s ball skills but his coverage is maddening. Somebody is going to pay him a truckload based on the INT’s but I don’t
            think Phil will due to the coverage liability. I look for a solid FA corner and a 1st/2nd rounder. Probably the same at DT.

          • johnnywad

            Unless Phil trades a pick or two for one or the other. Like we get Geno Atkins and the Bengals get a dirty bag of dicks that LOOKS like an early pick. That should be plan A.

          • Trac

            Also, at some point in time Emery has to start rebuilding. Look at that list of UFA’s. The upside to rebuilding in todays NFL, it can be done in 2 to 3 years. Emery’s not gonna pass up the opportunity to say bye bye to all the heavy contracts on players that are long in the tooth. If Emery doesn’t start rebuilding next year, he’ll never have a better opportunity. This is the last year THIS team has a chance to bring home the glory before the rebuild starts.

          • Big Mike

            Peppers, gone.

          • Trac

            I wonder if Briggs is gonna find himself in Urlacher’s shoes or do you think Phil will pony up the cash Briggs is gonna be asking for?

          • MB30SD

            depends on how his year goes in my mind… and didn’t we just give him a new contract last year!?

          • Trac

            Yup. Good call. Forgot about that.

          • Big Mike

            Briggs will get paid 1 more time. Maybe a 2 year extension. With Peppers gone next year, the Bears will clear about 15 million in cap space. Julius simply has hit the wall. He’s a $15-$20million cap hit next year.

          • EnderWiggin

            Briggs is signed through 2014.

        • Trac

          Also, successful teams build through the draft and periodically trade for team need. That’s a better way to establish a solid program that the short sighted approach of drafting and trading for needs. I’d still like to know what in the hell Emery drafted McClellin for. He was neither a need nor best player available. Can we at least agree that drafting long shots needs to be the exception, not the rule?

          • MB30SD

            I’ve thrown out my hypothesis on the 2012 draft. I don’t think there’s another good explanation. Canada might not agree with me, but I haven’t heard any other explanations besides, ‘he just sucked at picking well’… but then just one year later he literally knocks it out of the park?!

            So within one year he learned how to draft and went from hitting on 1 dude, to at least 3-4? Nope, that dog don’t hunt for me.

            Makes total sense to me that after emery was told by teddy IN PUBLIC that lovie was the guy making or at least oking big decisions… that lovie and his merry band of idiots had BIG input into picks at their specific positions.

            I’m still waiting for another plausible explanation.

          • CanadaBear

            How ’bout he picked some shitty players. You can’t buy that he sucked one year and not the next? That’s the norm for most GM’s. NE has been great some years and terrible others (they’ve picked about 100 DB’s and almost all of them suck). Very few GM’s hit it every year.

          • MB30SD

            doesn’t make sense to me at all canada…

            one year he totally shits the bed and passes up guys graded much higher than ones we take (CD vs. cJones), erod?? The next year he hits on almost every guy so far?

            How does that make sense to you? The two strategies were completely and totally different… almost the opposite. Given that fact, we have to look at what was different.

            Uhhhh, lovie, his position coaches, and the same kind of strategy-less draft strategy they’ve always had. The next year we look like the fucking marine barracks at bedtime. Uh, sure… I think I’ll just go with my explanation thanks.

          • Trac
          • Trac

            I agree with you Canada.

          • johnnywad

            Could be scout related. PE had to work within the framework provided be JA’s scouts based on the timing of the hire. Had his dudes in place last fall and you get Kyle Long. Scouting is the ONLY way he could have settled on Kyle in the first. And a complete lack thereof is the ONLY way he could have settled on Chicken Dinner in the first. Neither was projected that high. One blows and the other doesn’t. Has to be DaScouts.

          • Trac

            I don’t think so johnny. That would suggest Phil had been living in a void prior to the Bears hiring him. Don’t forget he was head of the Chiefs scouting dept.

          • johnnywad

            A fair point

  • Trac

    Confidence that counts? Or confidence that kills? I sure would like to shut their mouths with a Bear victory.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/12/jordy-nelson-says-packers-are-still-the-favorites-to-win-the-nfc-north/

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    He’s right. RT @ProFootballTalk: Jordy Nelson says the Packers are still the favorites to win the NFC North http://wp.me/p14QSB-9iGi

    While I begrudgingly have to agree as well… still… fuck you jordy.

    • Trac

      copy cat

      • DaBearsBlog

        I’m a firm believer you’re the champion of the division until you’re not. One thing, though. A loss in Baltimore for the Packers would be huge.

        • MB30SD

          the packers are a better team than us right now, but any given sunday holds as true as ever. We def can beat the packers and win the division, but based on talent they should take it.

          btw, what’s your thought on Emery’s two very different drafts Jeff? I think lovie and team engineered the 2012 draft, and this year’s was all emery. Thoughts?

          • DaBearsBlog

            I think last year’s looks like it missed in the first round. but the second and third round yielded the best receiving corps in the history of the chicago bears.

          • MB30SD

            I’m asking whether you think lovie and his merry band of fools had more/as much input into the draft as emery himself in 2012… and did that account for the terrible pics besides ashlon?

          • DaBearsBlog

            I doubt they had MORE impact but they had significant impact. Lovie wasn’t going to abandon his power in the draft room.

          • MB30SD

            yep. agree.

            My hope/belief is that Ashlon was Emery’s guy… the rest were guys lovie (hardin), Mari (chicken dinner), and Erod (tice) lobbied hard to bring in.

          • Trac

            That is highly illogical. Emery just got hired as GM, no way he passed the baton to Lovie on his first draft. It was what he had spent his whole career working towards. Phil was going for the diamond in the rough his first draft and he whiffed on everything but Jeffrey who was a solid prospect by most teams. It’s no surprise he was the only salvageable player of that draft. I think you are mistaken sir.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru9e2rTHeuk

          • MB30SD

            again, you seem to be forgetting that teddy and ginny told phil that lovie was the man in charge essentially and that lovie actually got to interview phil, not the other way around.

            Thus, my hypothesis, and thus not all that illogical my memory-deficient mate.

          • CanadaBear

            By that logic, Cutler is in charge of the offense. He was at the Trestman interview. By all accounts PE is his own man. The only directive he had was he couldn’t fire Lovie his first year. That’s it. Not, oh BTW, you have to pick Lovie’s, Marinelli’s and Tice’s picks. Do I think PE listened to those guys? Sure. I think he listened to Tice when he said we’re good at OL. Could they have influenced him? Possibly. Do I think he just fell in line and said “Whatever you guys think. Yeah, we’ll go with your picks even though I’ve been a scout/head of scouting forever and now I have my shot. Sure let’s go with your picks even though it’s my ass on the line and you guys have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Shit yeah, what are their names again?” Yeah, that makes total sense.

          • Trac

            in the right corner weighing in at 225 lbs …… lol. I love it!

          • MB30SD

            it wasn’t at all cutty’s offense. it was tice’

            And to johnny’s point, he had NONE of his guys in place yet, they were all ja’s right?

            I’m not absolving him of all responsibility, I’m saying the two drafts are night and day and he just didn’t do well in 2012 makes zero sense to me. If he’d had a couple good and a couple bad in each and they were more similar, I could buy your pov.

            The way it is now… 4 total busts and one good pick in the first 5 rds of 2012, 4 stud starters and a solid back up in the first 5 in 2013…. uhhhh… sorry, can’t buy that he sucks one year and is a fucking super hero gm the next.

            Did jesus/budah/mohammed/yaweh touch him in the offseason?!? Meh, sorry… not buyin what you’re sellin my man.

          • CanadaBear

            Not to put too fine of a point on it but we don’t really know about the most recent draft. Long is a home run. Bostic brings the hammer but we don’t know if he will be all that good. I think he will but I thought the same thing about Pringles and he’s making all the same mistakes he made as a rookie. Greene, who knows? Haven’t seen much of him other than ST’s. Mills looks like a good pick for a 5th rounder but each week he’s getting more and more exposed. Washington and Wilson? Haven’t a clue. i’ve barely seen either one of them on the field. Don’t get me wrong, I think some of these guys are going to around for a while (esp Mills, Bostic and Greene). I really don’t get too excited about picks after the 3rd round. If they make the roster and contribute, great. If not, oh well. I don’t think a player can be labelled a bust if they are drafted in the 4th round or later. 1st three rounds, oh yeah. If they don’t make the roster it was a lousy pick. Hopefully they all pan out.

          • Trac

            No more impact than most coach’s would have.

          • CanadaBear

            Lovie was hanging onto his job by his fingernails. He was in no position to leverage anything. He couldn’t get a real OC when he hired Martz and NOBODY but Tice would take the job the last year.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Bears must beat the Packers to be taken seriously.

  • MB30SD

    gents, I’m sick. Started coming down with it when I woke up yesterday.

    And now this: http://larrybrownsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/layla-kiffin-5.jpg

    Life is sometimes unfair.

  • MB30SD

    you guys see this…

    Michigan’s QB is wearing #98?!?!?!

    http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusncaafexperts/USATSI_7421274.jpg

    What is going on with the numbers in college ball? Last year I noticed that there were two #5s on ND, manti and their QB both wore that same number.

    Weird stuff I’ve never seen before.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, if you lose your mind and don’t get that Cervelo there’s always this new entry from Trek. This might be the ugliest bike I’ve ever seen. If you have time check out all the picks. They open up the cockpit and show you where all the wires go. Crazy! You’d need a full-time mechanic on retainer.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/reviews/photos/trek-speed-concept-9-series/281949

    • MB30SD

      wow canada. amazing…. i’d get it in black tho.

      • CanadaBear

        Didn’t you think the bike was hideous? I guess I’m way too old school. That Campy crank was beyond ugly. I have no idea what the bike weighs or what it costs. I’m not a TT bike kind of guy but I’ve never thought the Cervelos were ugly. My wife bought a used Schwinn Sting Ray. It’s from the Wal-Mart collection. That really pains me to write that. The bike weighs about 40-45 lbs but is totally cool (style wise). 16′ front wheel with a springer fork, 20″ slick in back, banana seat and ape hangars. She uses it run the shit out of our little dog. I’ve been on my titanium bike with her and everyone goes nuts over her bike. Mine $2500, hers $250. Always makes me laugh.

  • CanadaBear

    Question for Noah. When we click on links, could you make it so they open up in a new tab instead of navigating away from here?

    • MB30SD

      just hold the Shift key when you click canada… that’ll do he trick.

      • DaMurph

        That doesnt work on Firefox, but tobi’s tip does. Not sure what browser Canada is using.

        • CanadaBear

          Firefox at home, IE at work.

          • DaBearsBlog

            This was one of our main goals but alas it is not possible with a third party party commenting system.

    • tobijohn

      If you’re using IE, right click your mouse and you can select to open in a tab or another window…

  • Trac

    Stick a fork in it MB. This to me proves conclusively that Chicken Dinner was all Emery.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7861062/chicago-bears-gm-phil-emery-makes-bold-first-draft-pick-shea-mcclellin

  • SC Dave

    Noah… plus and minus icons on threads would be great, so that readers can collapse the ones they are not interested in. Kinda how the “conversation” stuff works in MS Outlook.

    But hell, dude, great job here already!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Does “No Bear Game This Sunday” make this a …”Bare Sunday” ?

  • AlbertInTucson

    IE will not let me sign in. No problem when i use Chrome.

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  • Trac

    Not trying to beat a dead horse but I just picked this off the wires:

    And the depleted defensive front has now cast Emery’s first draft pick, Shea McClellin, into the spotlight. McClellin contributed at times as a situational pass rusher last year. However, now his weakness against the run is obvious when the team moves him to end and slides Wootton or Peppers to tackle. It has many wondering if he can be the answer to a lack of pressure by the defensive front.

    “I mean, Shea is a work in progress, but certainly there’s evidence that he can be that guy,” Trestman said. “We’ll continue to try to do some things to move him around as well.”

    Side note: It really doesn’t matter who was the driving force behind the Chicken Dinner pick, all that matter’s now is, is he salvageable? Let’s hope so. Also, this conversation has been great from the standpoint that I’ve come to understand Emery a little bit better. I have no problem with his strategy in last years draft, it just didn’t pan out. I think Phil will take whatever risk he feels is necessary to make the Bears a better team. Than in itself is priceless.

  • DaMurph

    Leave it to the Swedes! I’m sure this may interest a couple of our fellow DBBers. Hahahahaha

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/09/19/sweden-allows-public-masturbation/?iid=nf-article-trend-now

    • tobijohn

      I always thought that was what the halftime break was for..

  • tobijohn

    Here’s another suggestion. If possible, could that section in the right panel of CN showing the last (x) number of recent comments be duplicated? I think it had the last four but more than that would be better. In IE under Edit there’s a Find feature and by looking for the phrase “minutes” or (x) hours you can skip through but it’s rather cumbersome. Other than that, the only way to do it now is to scroll through the entire comments section. Or is there any way to add a filter that would let you see comments made in the last (x) hours (or minutes)? TIA…

  • MB30SD

    can someone with a twitter account please tweet espn and tell them that frank calliendo is fucking terrible and all the crap they do with him is hard to watch. Garbage. Jesus…

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